My essay on snowmaking and Johannes Kepler, snow and Miss Smilla's Sense of... in the Weeklings and then Salon. Snowmaking? It's the most dangerous part of skiing. Think a bit like the Northeast's version of Ice Road Truckers: Blinding cold, freezing chill, frostbite, darkness, icy slopes, and the threat of death at every turn — all in a day’s work for a snowmaker. Of course I ride out with them to work.
Entries in Salon (3)
Published first on The Weeklings then on Salon: THE FROST GLITTERS darkly. It sparkles as if all the constellations of the sky are knit to the ground. Walking down the block in the predawn light, I have on a hat, ridiculous orange, I’m embarrassed of even with no cars on the street and no one to see. It’s 5:30 AM, and I wear two of everything as if I’m preparing to flee or dressed for some Noah’s Ark of winter: two pairs of long johns, two wool sweaters, two hats, two pairs of gloves (plus hand warmers) and one old down jacket (dark purple, just to add to my ridiculous color scheme. I also carry an orange backpack, less bright than the hat, but still…). My winter boots have soles so thick I’m a full inch and a half taller. I’m not sure how to dress, but it’s 17 out, and I’ll be sitting for hours – not moving, not talking. Waiting, watching things rustle and the sun rise and the day shape over a hill by a field in upstate New York. I am going hunting.
Published on The Weeklings and also Salon 10 Minutes – Length of time Adam Lanza was shooting 90 (more than) – Number of bullets shot 38 – Number of mass shootings in 2012 $50,000 – Average cost of medical treatment per homicide shooting victim $2.3 Billion – Total lifetime medical costs for gunshot injuries (as of 1999) $6 Million – Those medical costs per day